[11/15/2017] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced on November 15 that the following seven players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 16.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2017 Team 2017 Salary Class Compensation YakyuDB
P 野上 亮磨 Nogami, Ryoma 30 Domestic Seibu 50.00M B   Yomiuri
P 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi 33 Domestic Nippon Ham 220.00M A   Orix
INF 大和 Maeda, Yamato 30 Domestic Hanshin 50.00M B Yuya Onaka + 40% salary Yokohama
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya 36 International Softbank 76.00M C n/a  
P 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa 33 International Orix 300.00M A    
C 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota 30 International Nippon Ham 55.00M B   Chunichi
P 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki 31 International Lotte 250.00M A    

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[12/13/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines add Mike Bolsinger, Edgar Olmos

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached agreements with pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Edgar Olmos. Uniform numbers have not yet been assigned.

The media is reporting that Bolsinger agreed to a deal worth 800,000 US dollars and Olmos 600,000 US dollars. Both figures are estimates.

Source: Lotte 12/13/2017 (Bolsinger), Lotte 12/13/2017 (Olmos), Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017, Daily Sports 12/13/2017

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[12/13/2017] Hanshin Tigers announce the addition of Wilin Rosario

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Wilin Rosario. He was assigned the uniform number 20. The Tigers released the following statement from Rosario:

I am proud to become one of the Tigers. I asked Japanese coaches and staff about Japan because I was interested and I am excited about being able to play in Japan next season. My performance in the KBO gave me the chance to emark on a new opportunity in Japan. I will use my experiences in the KBO to help me play.

According to media reports, the two sides either agreed on a one-year contract worth an estimated three million US dollars, or a two-year deal worth an estimated 7.5 million US dollars.

Source: Hanshin 12/13/2017, ZakZak 12/13/2017, Daily Sports 12/13/2017, Sponichi 12/13/2017, Sponichi 12/13/2017Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017


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[12/13/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Shota Ono

The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017


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SEI

[12/12/2017] Tomoya Mori returns to Japan after hurting knee

The Seibu Lions announced on December 12 that Tomoya Mori will return to Japan after he hurt his left knee. Mori felt discomfort in the knee while running out an infield grounder during a Melbourne Aces game three to four days ago.

Mori’s condition does not seem to be serious, but the Lions did not want to take any chances and decided to call him back from Australia. He will undergo tests after he returns to Japan.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017


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[12/12/2017] Kyuji Fujikawa signs new one-year deal

Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished the second year of a two-year deal this season. Earlier today, he agreed to a new one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen* (no change from this season).

Fujikawa pitched in fifty-two games this season and compiled a 2.22 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 56.2 innings of work.

* or 150 million yen (no change) depending on the source.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017, Sponichi 12/12/2017, Daily Sports 12/12/2017

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[12/12/2017] Seibu Lions add pitchers Neil Wagner and Fabio Castillo

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached agreements with pitchers Neil Wagner and Fabio Castillo. The thirty-three-year-old Wagner was assigned the uniform number 12 and the twenty-eight-year-old Castillo the number 47.

According to media reports, Wagner’s deal will be worth 800,000 US dollars and Castillo’s 900,000 US dollars. The Lions are planning to use Wagner in relief and Castillo in the starting rotation.

Source: Seibu 12/12/2017, Daily Sports 12/12/2017

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[12/12/2017] Softbank gives Dennis Sarfate permission to skip spring camp

The media learned on December 11 that the Softbank Hawks will allow Dennis Sarfate to skip spring camp next year. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he trusts Sarfate to handle his own training and that he wanted to give the veteran more time to be with his family.

Sarfate will join the team in March.

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2017

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[12/12/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters receive list of players from Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters’ General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura told reporters on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Orix Buffaloes (free agent compensation for Hirotoshi Masui). They will decide what to do once they also receive a list from the Chunichi Dragons (free agent compensation for Shota Ono).

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2017

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[12/11/2017] 2018 NPB Draft will take place on October 25

The NPB held a meeting on December 11 and confirmed/approved a number of dates for the 2018 season.

  • Opening Day (Central and Pacific Leagues) – March 30
  • Inter-league – May 29
  • All-Star Games
    • July 13 at Kyocera Dome Osaka
    • July 14 at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium
  • NPB Draft – October 25
  • Nippon Series (Central League home advantage) – October 27

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2017

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[12/11/2017] Seibu Lions receive list of players from Yomiuri Giants

Seibu Lions’ official Haruhiko Suzuki told the media on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yomiuri Giants. The Lions will check the list to see if there is a player they want as part of their compensation package for losing Ryoma Nogami. They are hoping to reach a decision by December 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2017, Sponichi 12/11/2017

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